British Rail Class 251

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About British Rail Class 251

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The Blue Pullman was a class of luxury train used from 1960 to 1973 by British Railways. The Blue Pullmans were the first Pullman diesel-electric multiple units, incorporating several novel features. Named after their Nanking blue livery, the trains were conceived under the 1955 Modernisation Plan to create luxury diesel express trains aimed at competing with the motor car and the emerging domestic air travel market. Although not entirely successful – they were seen as underpowered, unreliable, and ultimately not economically viable – the Blue Pullmans demonstrated the possibility of fixed-formation multiple-unit inter-city train services, and inspired the later development of the Inter City 125, which resembles them in having an integral power car at each end of the train. There were two versions: two first-class six-car sets for the London Midland Region (LMR), and three two-class eight-car sets for the Western Region (WR), built by Metro Cammell in Birmingham. They were initially operated by the luxury train operator the Pullman Car Company, which the BTC had recently acquired. Shortly after their introduction, in 1962, Pullman was fully nationalised, and operation of the Blue

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